||Through a Mysterious Eastern Barricade: Moongang
||Through the Mysterious Barricade with Pianoforte-Drum
Along with that composition Les Barricades Mystérieuses by the Baroque composer François Couperin as my vehicle, I get through with the help of added enlightenments. Hence: 1. In a royal palace in Java there is an ancient gamelan with 3-notes which playes a single piece, with 3-notes, Moongang. We have also performed it with my gamelan group Son Of Lion in New York. A wonderful thing to anchor my tempermental extasy. 2. My Nigerian colleague at Livingston College in New Jersey introduced himself to me as Tony. What! I replied That's your slave-name… he replied: You are right. You may call me Chukwemeka (We settled on Emeka) Become great friends, his compliment: You are the only one here blessed with the gift of bi-culturality remains precious. By the time the thought&memory of him was in-sonor-ated into this improvisation, Dr. Nwabuoku had been back home, professor at Benin. But the drums were left in America. So i brought them into my piano, although we are not exactly in France. (This recording, at this time, In Memoriam. (Vale, Tony!). (1) Present and listening was Emily Harvey. We were in Italy. Cavriago, August 25, 1991. (2) In my office at Rutgers U. New Brunswick, October 25, 1991.